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Umesh Yadav has finally established himself in the India team as one part of the bowling attack. While others like Mohammad Shami and Mitchell Starc have been struggling with various injuries, Yadav has maintained his fitness and fortunately not harmed by any sort of fitness related issue.
As India gears up for the fifth and final ODI in Jamaica on Thursday, Yadav will look to make one last match winning effort for Men in Blue after his recent three-wicket haul went in vain in the fourth ODI.
Zaheer Khan’s Advice:
Every fast bowler has a role model and mentor. In Yadav’s career, former left-arm fast bowler Zaheer Khan has made a lot of positive impacts. He states that one of the major learning he understood from Zaheer was to constantly try and learn from mistakes.
“I’m constantly learning from mistakes. You make mistakes as a youngster. But Zaheer bhai said one thing. When you are a junior and a newcomer in the team, the faster you learn about your mistakes, the better it will be for you… The faster you will learn. That’s what I try and do,” Yadav told BCCI TV ahead of the final ODI.
“I sit and think about the mistakes I’ve made. Then I try and implement them in the next match. There are positives and negatives. I try and focus more on positive points… figure out what the strong and weak points are. That is what’s important as a fast bowler,” added the 29-year-old.
Yadav has now thought of becoming a medium pacer with age. He admits that he will keep bowling fast without any compromise.
“It’s because of speed that I’m here. Pace was my weapon, it’s given me recognition… Now, I’m trying to balance swing and the length with the pace. That will be helpful,” feels Yadav.
Yadav will be in action when India takes on West Indies in Jamaica on Thursday. The Men in Blue lead the 5-match series 2-1 despite the loss in the 4th ODI where they came close to sealing the series 3-0 but they failed to chase down a modest 190-run target and fell short by 11 runs in a stunning turnaround on a slow pitch.